MONTEREY, CA. (August 1st, 2018) — County fairs aren’t only about cotton candy and corn dogs, music and carnival games and thrilling rides, they’re also about the original reason county fairs got started in the first place — the animals raised by youths in 4H, FFA and Grange.
And the 2018 Monterey County Fair, set for Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2018, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, is no different. The Livestock Barns at the fair will be buzzing with activity as students show off their rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, beef cattle and dairy cattle, and get them ready for competition.
Here are the dates, activity and times of the various activities, free with fair entry, at the Livestock Barns:
Saturday, August 25 Jr. Rabbit Show, 9 a.m.
Thursday, August 30 Swine Show, 9 a.m.
Thursday, August 30 Dairy Goat Show, 1 p.m.
Thursday, August 30 Market Goat Show, following completion of Swine Show
Friday, August 31 Beef Show, 9 a.m.
Friday, August 31 Dairy Cattle Show, following completion of Beef Show
Friday, August 31 Sheep Show, following completion of Dairy Cattle Show
Friday, August 31 Poultry Show, 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 1 Junior Livestock Auction, 10 a.m.
Sunday, September 2 Round Robin, 9 a.m.
Sunday, September 2 Pee Wee Showmanship, 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 2 Adult Showmanship, following completion of Pee Wee Showmanship
For more detailed information on the livestock exhibits and junior livestock auction, go to https://montereycountyfair.com/exhibits-junior-livestock-auction/.
Admission to the fair is $10 for adults ages 13-61, $8 in advance, and $8 online, plus $1 fee; seniors 62 and older, $9, $8 advance, and $8 online, plus $1; children $6, $4 advance, $4 online, plus $1 fee; children 5 and under free.
Carnival wristbands are $35, $25 in advance, and $25 online, plus $1 fee. Wristbands are available every day this year and all military and law enforcement receive a $5 discount every day. This is a coupon that can be exchanged for a free popcorn, 2 for 1, free prize and a carnival wristband.
Fun Pack tickets will be sold at Sand City and Salinas Costco stores from July 25- August 29 and include two admission tickets, two carnival coupons, and multiple food coupons for $44.99.
Rodeo Admission is $5 per seat, per performance and on sale on the admit one ticket page. This price is a pre-sale price and good until August 29. After that, tickets are $10 each.
Sunday Rodeo Family Pack includes two adult fair admission, two children fair admission and four rodeo tickets. These packs are only good for one rodeo performance on Sunday. Presale: $35 Gate Pricing: $50
Discount fair and carnival tickets are available at the Fairground’s Administrative Office or at www.MontereyCountyFair.com.
Thursday-Sunday: 12 to 11 p.m.
Monday: 12 to 10 p.m.
About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.